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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 27, 2010 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

My son is landing in Ft. Lewis, WA this AM. Returning from his final deployment in Iraq. I can't tell you the relief I feel and the smile that's on my face today. For all you parents out there, why don't you give the kids an extra hug for me today? Just a reminder that all else is meaningless in the long run. All of the trolls in the world can't bug me today. It's time for some Dancin' In The Streets (I'm thinking the Cape Cod version will do me just fine). Happy Friday to one and all.

OK, just had to get that off my chest.

As you were.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 27, 2010 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Awesome news my friend!!!

congrats to your boy and to you, the proud papa

your boy done good!!!!!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 27, 2010 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Yep. He seems to have become very good at achieving goals. The next one up is to make me a grandfather in the next 9 months or so.

And I thought talking with you freaks made me feel old.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 27, 2010 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Grandpappy Hollow???

kinda has a cool ring to it! :)

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Poster: user unknown Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

grandchildren will make you feel younger

you'll be surprised how easily an aging gentleman can end up playing in the floor again

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 27, 2010 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

My thanks to your son , to you SDH , and your family for your service . I hope he is not left with too many scars , but many great memories . It does all roll away to one thing , your family (& love , maybe 2 things :) . All the rest is mostly tripe .

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-10-27.sbd.fix.miller.98561.flac16

Oh , I know you don't have this ;)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

SDH - There's not a whole lot more that I can say that hasn't already been said.

Look your son in the eyes and pass on my thanks from one vet to another. He'll understand.

Good job Dad, your son has helped write history.

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Poster: vapors Date: Aug 28, 2010 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

SDH – glad to hear your good news. Having spent 20 anxious years regarding my brothers’ whereabouts and safety when he served, I can well relate to the relief you must feel at your son’s homecoming. My brother went overseas many more times than I personally wish he had, but he always returned safe – although far from ‘sound.’ My nephew is due to report back to Afghanistan sometime this fall. And so it goes.

Best wishes and congratulations to you and yours sir.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 29, 2010 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Thank you for the kind words. Pretty sure this will be the last time he is sent over there as he has just about decided to come out in late 2011, but that may change based on the amount of opportunities the Army is waving in front of him right now (Sniper school, Scuba school, HALO school...he's always dreamed of wearing the "Tower of Power" on his uniform, so turning it down will be difficult).

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 27, 2010 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

I'm glad the four winds blew your son safely home once again, SDH!

Though I'm sure his upbringing and own character had a lot to do with his successful return. Good job, dad!

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Poster: amosearle Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

My congratulations and heartfelt thanks for his safe return. I frequently work with soldiers who did not come home as they were when they left. It breaks my heart to think that we often as a country have not deserved the sacrifices given for us. Blessings to you and yours.

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Poster: snori Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

That must be a huge relief for your family - have a great weekend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37cL0HwneiQ

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Thanks to the "Village"

All of your kind words and thoughts are much appreciated. I know the guys of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will be happy to know that a bunch of "hippies" recognize and applaud their service.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

Or did you mean the Village as in M Night Shamalamadingdong?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 29, 2010 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

The day I thank that absolute train wreck of a movie is the day I shove a claymore up my butt and set it off. Well, that's how I felt after watching it.

I can't believe they continue to call Dingdong a "master film maker".

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Aug 28, 2010 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'...

for the out-loud laughs on this thread..;-)

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 27, 2010 10:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

SDH, could you fill me in? Ranger batallion? I must have missed this.

Edit: This is what comes of being halfway around the world and reading posts at different times. I'm kinda pieceing something together ... you have a son who was in Iraq? He was missing?!? Wow ..... So glad all is well! I hope you're now enjoying lots of time with him; you sound really proud of him, and I'm sure it's more than warranted.

I can't imagine what it would be like to have a kid in the Army. Proud and scary at the same time. Of course, I couldn't imagine what it owuld be like to have a kid taller than myself, either, which has just happened ... Anyway, all the best to him and his/your family!!!

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-08-28 05:52:21

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 29, 2010 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

1st off, never missing, thank God, or whatever omnipresent dude with flowing robes and a Wilford Brimley beard you happen to favor.

Haven't talked about him much since his first deployment 4 years ago (that one was much more stressful, even though his duties were much less "involved" during that one).
And yes, he went through Ranger School at Fort Benning prety soon after returning. Has been posted at Fort Lewis ever since with the 2/75th (Pat Tillman's unit). Pretty sure he will come out of the service in late 2011, but they are offering him some enticing things to stay. We shall see.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 29, 2010 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

Or dudette. And beardless. In these parts we have Saraswati, if you're inclined towards books and music, or Kali, if you're in the mood for goat sacrifice.

I'm glad your son is safely home; enjoy your time together!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

So now we're the Village People, huh?

Dire's the Cowboy, right?

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

cool - but if I am the cowboy i will be in need of a spacious ranch with the requisite cow pasture (for dairy purposes only, of course)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

I'm guessing with your predilection for leather and crowd control, you'd be the cop.

And Dire, you're not fooling anyone


NOTE: Be it known that my son would not be at all surprised to see this thread devolve into a Village People discussion. He knows me well.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 27, 2010 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

At least we won't run short on "idiots", eh?

The # 1 Idiot is even around again...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 27, 2010 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

You never really left.

Oh, you mean dire's buddy.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

Dire has buddies?

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

man, as usual I am being mercilessly pummeled

:)

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

I thought you liked it that way?

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

generally I prefer a "trampling" rather than a pummeling

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

gang ba,,, er, stampede, or single cow?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

Now I'm sure you don't want to be associated with J. Edgar Hoove-er and his weird predilections...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 27, 2010 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

absolutely not! that would be moo-ronic of me to say the least.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

And given all the offices you've had to reassemble post listening rampage you'd be the Construction Worker.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

touche

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

When are you heading off for the reunion? Must really suck having to put in a day at the office at a time like this.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

Not able to get away for a month or two. He's going to be stuck in Washington for a bit longer, so we'll just have to be happy with the wonder of Skype (he's been able to contact us that way occasionally...that is truly weird, having face to face talk with someone in a war zone) until a meeting can be worked out. Anyway, I'm thinking he would rather spend "time" with his wife for a while before he sees us.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

I can imagine you're counting down the days. Skype is definitely one of the better techno-marvels, we use it regularly to keep in touch with friends and family in Canada.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 27, 2010 6:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

We use skype and magic jack. If you don't know about magic jack, it's pretty amazing. Even if you're overseas, you can have a phone with a U.S. area code (or Canada and maybe other countries, too.) So friends and family can call us as if we were still in the States; and for us, any call to the U.S. or Canada is free. There's a small charge per year. It works through internet, but you don't use the computer to call - it's just a regular phone call.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 27, 2010 3:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

If any of you knot heads imply that I am the sailor and ask me to sing "In the Navy" I'm going to stick a marlinspike in your ear.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 27, 2010 3:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks to the 'Village'

I think Leatherman is still up for grabs. How's the mustache?

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Grateful thanks and hugs to your son and your entire family for service to country!

May all of you enjoy many more wonderful years together, laughing grandkids and great grandkids!

What a fantastic day it is indeed!

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Oh my God, that is wonderful. I'm so happy for you. Thanks for telling us. What could be better? Nothing beats the feeling when a child who has been unaccounted for turns up fine. Of course I haven't had any comparable experience sending a child to a combat zone, so I can't really know what you've experienced, but just want to say congratulations.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Outstanding...I have two nephews "over there", though both return soon, and a son, off to Marine OCS shortly, so can't say "I know the feeling" quite yet, but have a general idea.

But, what I am really signing on to say is that I am deeply disappointed ("hurt" is just too mild) to note that with the return of Tito I have been singled out for "ignore, with prejudice."

How heart breaking...a crushing defeat for former PMs reveling in their retirement. How quickly doth the fame fade, glow dim...not a single remark about my lame, lefty leaning liberal atheistic views?

I put my tail between my legs and accept not defeat, but worse: anonymity. The shame.

[sorry, SDH; no hijack therein--just feeling sorry for myself]

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 27, 2010 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

I really don't think you've left. You're still the power behind the throne.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Your fame is shrikning?

Too bad our prostates cant say the same.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 27, 2010 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

I am glad you didn't mention anything else that might be shrinking, besides hairlines, my good man.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 27, 2010 10:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

A son off to Marine OCS? Quantico? Ummm ... oooo-ra.

My brother did that. He went off as a long-haired guy (though non-Deadhead) with a poster in his room saying "I think I'm allergic to mornings," and came back as a jarhead rising early, marching everywhere in the house (tromp tromp tromp), and ordering his friends -- I do mean ordering -- to build a patio for my folks. His soon-to-be-ex girlfriend went into shock, but my folks got a nice patio. So you may be in luck :-)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 28, 2010 6:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Oh it was shocking at first--suhc a surprise...I think he's read too much of my military history. To be sure, we want him to do what he wants to do, but lets face it, as Bill noted, he grew up in a house in which the wars have always been "understood", and thus "protested" (anyone steeped in military history knows we haven't handled recent conflicts well the past 60 yrs). Anyhow, it's more of a prove himself, do something constructive/active/physical with a smidge of patriotism thrown in...he's a fitness freak, and surpassed all the physical tests for each of the special forces like he was walking round the block; besides, he already has the tatoos, and he can handle venomous reptiles with ease.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 28, 2010 7:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

I must have missed it somewhere along the way WT . I did not know your son was/is in the military . He is in SF . Wow .
Oh no , your son was steeped in history ....
Hope you and yours are well WT

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 28, 2010 6:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Venomous reptiles, eh? We're traveling a bit in a week or two, and was just hearing stories last night (from someone visiting from the place we're going) about a cobra in a bedroom and a krait falling out of a potato sack. Hoo boy. A guy with Ranger skills who could handle venomous reptiles would be welcome company, LOL! The tattoos are optional.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Aug 27, 2010 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Great news SDH!!!! anytime our kids are so courageous and willing to stand up for the rest of us is honorable and worth celebrating.

They don't make the choice to go to war they just say where Sir!

Hope he stays home too.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

FINAL? Even better news Dad

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

YES!!!!! Happy day for the Hollow family. Happy day for FOSDH. Thanks for the news. My wish is that more kids, wives, husbands and parents can share your joy when their loved ones roll safely home.

Thank that young man for all of us. I cannot adequately express my admiration.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

SDH, I echo the sentiments already expressed in this thread. As for your "hippies" comment, I am one who realizes that my ability to be a "hippie" if I so choose, hinges on those who fight and die to protect my freedoms. It is acceptable to protest war, but only if you still honor the warrior.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Well said Bill .

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Well said indeed. Good words.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Ditto!

Tell your son thanks for his service. I oppose the war in Iraq and have grave reservations about the purpose of being in Afghanistan, but that does nothing to diminish the honor and respect I have for those who serve. Kind of hard to grow up in the shadows of Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune and not "get it".

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

SDH you have much to be grateful for today. Kids and hugs should never grow old - as you well know. I'm happy for you and your family. Many will never know and understand what you and yours have been through these past few years. Enjoy your Friday and the days to come my good man, and savor those hugs ... i know you will.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

That is great news

You must be a Proud Papa !!!!

Thanks to you son for serving and thanks to you for raising a fine son.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Aug 27, 2010 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

So happy for you and the family!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 27, 2010 6:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Sometimes the words don't need to be said. This is one of those times. I'm very glad for you. Treasure this day, and the ones to come.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Aug 27, 2010 3:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

your words P. are sweet reading indeed! congratulations to both your son and you! see ya around the chatzy farm my friend

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 29, 2010 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Thanks for the kind words and hopefully I will be back at the bar soon.

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Poster: daybreakontheland Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely Non-Dead, but I don't care

Good job!

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